Staff Reporter

VS promises all help for revival of Tulu literature

State to work with Karnataka to preserve Tulu

Government to allot more funds for the academy

KASARAGOD: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurated the Kerala Tulu Academy at Hosangadi here on Monday.

At a function at Kotti-Chennaya stage, Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Nagar, Mr. Achuthanandan said the Academy should work in tandem with the Tulu Academy in Karnataka, which had been functioning for the past ten years. Mr. Achuthanandan began his speech with greetings in Tulu, which was received with thunderous applause by the audience.

Mr. Achuthanandan said that Tulu was a great Dravidian language with a rich literary tradition. The Tulu script which had been perceived as lost had been rediscovered of late. This script needed to be popularised and works in Tulu literature should be printed in this Tulu script, he added. The Chief Minister said that his Government would work with its Karnataka counterpart in reviving Tulu literature.

The office of the newly formed academy would function at Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Government College, Manjeswar for the time being. The office complex of the academy would be constructed soon, Mr. Achuthanandan said. He said the Kerala Government had allotted Rs. 20 lakh for the functioning of the academy.

Tulu in syllabus?

Mr. Achuthanandan said the State Government would allot more funds for the academy. He also added that there was a need to include Tulu language study in syllabus in Kasaragod schools.

Karnataka Devaswom Minister B. Nagaraja Shetty said his Government would cooperate with the Kerala Tulu Academy in its efforts to preserve Tulu language and culture.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress working committee member Veerappa Moily said that though Tulu boasted great literary works, they had not received befitting recognition. He pointed out that people who spoke 17 languages lived in harmony in Manjeswar.

Manjeswar MLA C.H. Kunhambu welcomed the gathering. Minister for Culture M.A. Baby presided. Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran and P. Karunakaran, Kasaragod M.P., participated.

Doyen of Tulu literature Kayyar Kinhanna Rai, Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy chairman Sitaram Kulal, former secretary of Karnataka State Chitrakala Parishad, D. Krishnananda Chowta spoke. A Tulu festival held in the evening was inaugurated by noted writer Amrit Someswar.